Monday, November 10, 2008

The results

This is What 44 and Paleo Looks Like

Keith has posted some pictures of what the sort of training and diet we discuss here can produce.

His principles are:

1. Forget what you previously thought of as diet and fitness Gospel. Wipe the slate clean; be receptive to a completely new paradigm in nutritional well-being and physical culture.

2. Wrap your mind around this one very simple idea: agriculture is a relatively new development (within the last 10,000 to 50,000years, or so) vis-à-vis the human genome. Our bodies (and genotype) have not evolved, and are therefore not adequately prepared to handle, the “modern” onslaught of grain (in all of its multi-varied derivatives) and of other simple carbohydrates. Our thinking may (arguably) be well-advanced from that of our stone-age ancestors, however, our bodies and brains, genetically speaking, are relatively identical to the Paleolithic, hunter-gatherer.

3. Exercise (for health) should be intense, of short duration and highly variable. Training for a specific athletic event/sport is an entirely different animal — and not necessarily a healthy one at that.

4. Following a Paleolithic template, within the confines and limitations imposed by the modern, work-a-day world, is no doubt a tough endeavor to pull off. Adherence to the Paleo template, though, is certainly feasible. The aim of my blog is to demonstrate, by example, just how one does go about pulling it off.


darwinstable said...

Absolutely amazing. I am basically doing exactly what he is doing except for the exercise part. After your posts I did start changing my exercise to shorter bouts of increased intensity. but in terms of anaerobic workouts (ie weights) I don't know what is a good substitute. What about power lifting?

Chris said...

Hi there

Anaerobic workouts do not have to mean weights. Doing some sprints is a good idea - maybe 5 or 6 50 yard sprints, recovering well between each and stopping when you start to get tired or the spring goes.

Weights are great but be careful with form - I've injured an pulled things a few times over the years just being sloppy with the exercise. Stick with big compound exercises - squats, lunges, swings, presses.

I quite like supersets or circuits - e.g. do 5 reps of dumbell squats then 5 reps of floor press, doing as many sets as possible in 10 minutes.

Power lifting - assuming you mean big efforts in the squat, deadlift and bench? - is fine but it is another activity where proper technique is important.

Keith has written quite a bit on his blog about theory behind what he does - e.g.

and it is worth reading back through his previous posts.

I do not know how much experience you have in training. If you are starting from scratch I'd say walk lots, do some sprints once a week and once or twice a week do some weights or calisthenics.

Maybe look at the ideas I mentioned here:

or here:

email me if you want to chat more.....